Because Georgetown is rich in resources and offers an outstanding quality of life, it continues to attract development that challenges us to seek creative ways of protecting its character. Preservation of the built environment not only provides a link to the past, but helps maintain the feel and way of life that makes Georgetown so attractive today. Many of the buildings tell the story of Georgetown’s unique historical development and keeping those resources creates a sense of place for those who live and visit here.
Georgetown has Five Basic Preservation Principles. They are:
- Respect the historic design character of the building.
- Seek uses that are compatible with the historic character of the building.
- Protect and maintain significant features and stylistic elements.
- Preserve key, character-defining features of the property.
- Repair deteriorated historic features, and replace only those elements that cannot be repaired.
These Principles are further explained in the Downtown and Old Town Design Guidelines.
The Preservation of structures within the Overlay Districts are regulated through the submission of construction plans to the City’s Historic and Architectural Review Commission for a Certificate of Appropriateness:
Detailed information on submission requirements for a Certificate of Appropriateness application can be found in Section 3.13 of the UDC Certificate of Appropriateness
Other groups involved in historic preservation in Georgetown include the Georgetown Main Street Program and the Georgetown Heritage Society. More information on these items can be found by clicking on the appropriate link to the left.
If you are a prospective applicant within one of our Overlay Districts or have any questions, please contact the Historic District Planner.